With peak season for many labor-intensive commodities quickly approaching, USDA has compiled a list of potential federal, state, and philanthropic alternative housing opportunities for seasonal farmworkers.

Because farmworker housing is typically communal, which could increase the risk for spreading COVID-19, the federal government is gathering housing-related resources designed to protect worker safety and maintain critical working infrastructure.

Cory Lunde

On Tuesday, June 9, Western Growers, United Fresh Produce Association and the American Frozen Food Institute held an industry stakeholder discussion to review COVID-19 guidance for produce operations.

Click here to access a recording of the call.

The three organizations have teamed up to develop COVID-19 guidance for the produce industry, which is a companion document to the recently-released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Cory Lunde

Of the $1.4 billion in relief checks already provided to more than 80,000 farmers and ranchers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, less than $25 million (less than 2%) has been allocated to specialty crop producers.

As part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to provide $16 billion in direct payments. As of June 8, the breakdown in assistance is as follows:

Cory Lunde



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